Our March meeting . . .
The March presentation will be by members of our Society - Andrew, Morlane and Dan.
Saturday, March 9th, 10am
Casa Del Prado Room 104
Names of Bromeliad Cultivars
Sometimes when we look at a bromeliad name like ‘Amazing Grace’ we ask ‘Now, where did that come from?’ This one (a Neoregelia, by the way) is well known to many collectors and growers as a plant named after Grace Goode, the Australian hybridizer. However, there are hundreds, if not thousands of others that require background work to uncover the history and the reason for the name selected. Our speakers this month, Morlane, Dan and Andrew have picked cultivars (a hybrid or form) to describe and show. They will give tips about cultivating them and, most important, will tell us the history of why they got their name. The names given sometimes express how the plant represents itself (‘Jewelry Shop’ with its bright and varied colors or ‘Alabaster’ with its pale marble color for instance) but many are named for the hybridizers (or friends of theirs) or for the finders of a new form. For the examples pickedthis month each is named after a person because the history of a person is often easier to identify and track down. There is sometimes a sad story or one of achievement behind the name. You will find out who they are and hear some of theirfascinating histories during the meeting.